Laying out NASA Plans, Obama shoots Past the Moon
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April 15 2010.
President Barack Obama touched down at the Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, on the same runway used by Americas space shuttle fleet, to sell his space vision to a sceptical public. NBCs Tom Costello reports. Follow UFO Report on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/uforeport2009
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Barack Obama has outlined a vision of astronauts visiting asteroids and landing on Mars as he laid out his new space policy.
The US president told a crowd of about 200 people at Kennedy Space Center:
"The bottom line is, nobody is more committed to manned space flight, to human exploration of space, than I am. But we've got to do it in a smart way."
He sketched out a vision of manned missions to Mars by the 2030s, but did not provide a detailed road map of how these breakthroughs would be achieved.
Mr Obama said a $6 billion increase in NASA's budget will help ramp up exploration of the solar system, increase Earth-based observation to improve an understanding of climate change, and bolster support for private space companies which he said have formed a bedrock of America's space programs.
To those who would return America to the moon as had been planned, Obama said: "I just have to say pretty bluntly: we've been there before. There's a lot more space to explore and a lot more to learn when we do."
Obama has faced sharp criticism for proposing to abandon the Constellation moon program after $9 billion has been spent and allocate $6 billion to support private companies in developing space rockets to carry astronauts to the International Space Station.
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